First the bad news. For the third straight home match, the Timbers were held scoreless. The good news, they also held Minnesota scoreless today and were able to salvage a point and move back up into playoff position.
The Timbers created plenty of chances but were just unable to capitalize. They out shot Minnesota United 30-20 (12-4 on target), and really dominated from the onset. Jeremy Ebobisse put an open header on target in the 67th minute, but Minnesota goalkeeper Vito Mannone made a one-handed save. Cristhian Paredes then headed a ball off of the post in the 70th minute. The ball bounced across the goal line to Mannone, who managed to push it away. Ebobisse had another open look a minute later, but sent his header wide.
The Timbers were on a two-game losing streak heading into today’s match and had lost four of their last six matches, all at home. Portland snapped its losing streak with the draw, but the Timbers have won just twice in their last seven games. They desperately need some wins to create some momentum for the playoffs.
Up next, The Timbers host New England on Wednesday night.